Denver Broncos keep most of 2022 draft class on initial roster

Denver Broncos, Montrell Washington - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Montrell Washington - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos feel confident in their 2022 draft class to keep most of it intact on their 53-man roster.

The Denver Broncos had nine selections in the 2022 NFL Draft. With that many picks, it makes sense that roughly about half of them could make the roster in their first year.

Even more than that made the initial roster for the team following Tuesday’s roster cutdown to 53 players. All but one player, cornerback Faion Hicks, made the cut. That’s right: eight draft picks from this past April are on the roster right now. Unfortunately, Hicks appeared to really struggle in the preseason.

Although Hick was cut on Tuesday, that does not mean his tenure with the Denver Broncos is over. While he could still be claimed by another team on waivers, assistant general manager Darren Mougey said that he hopes to have Hicks back.

That certainly is something that makes sense. Unless Hicks was terrible beyond repair, there would be no way he would be considered to be a practice squad candidate. It’s also a good sign that Mougey said that it’s possible they could call on him next week.

Denver’s secondary depth is something everybody needs to keep an eye on. It would not be surprising if the Broncos looked to the waiver wire to add a depth piece or two at cornerback. What we saw in the preseason was something we don’t want to see during the regular season: the cornerbacks getting torched.

It is still early, but to be completely honest, it looks like the Broncos have hit several home runs when it comes to this year’s draft class. Pass rusher Nik Bonitto has had some nice plays, as has defensive lineman Matt Henningsen and wide receiver/returner Montrell Washington.

Washington’s return ability is part of the reason why the team moved on from Kendall Hinton and Seth Williams. The Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.